The Parish News for Sunday August 9th and beyond
Welcome to Holy Trinity Church in Ramsgate!
This coming Sunday August 9th we have our Parish Mass at 9:30am with limited music from Organ and Cantor. The Mass will be live streamed on this Facebook page. Our theme this week is faith and how it works! We shall be focusing on the story of Jesus walking on the water and Peter’s attempt to do the same.
Please refer to the simple sheet on your pew for the Order of Mass. After service, please take all papers with you. We are also required by Government to compile a list of names and contact details for Track and Trace. This information will be held for 21 days then destroyed.
The following people were elected to Office at our Annual Parish Meeting on 26th July.
Churchwardens: Clive Baker and Mary Somers-James.
PCC elections: John Kemp, Paula Tibbert, Kay Sinden, Dave McGrory, Paul Gorham, Peter Hulcoop, Carly Nicholls.
Treasurer: Dave McGrory
PCC Secretary (Ex Officio) Colleen Kite
Safeguarding Officer: Paul Gorham
DBS Officer: Sherri Baker
Fabric Officer: Peter Sinden
Deanery Synod Reps Clive Baker and Maggie Blanch
ORGAN APPEAL As we only launched the organ appeal last week, we now know we need £19,000 +VAT to cover all major works. The VAT we can reclaim as we are a Grade 2 Listed building. What has taken our breath away is that since last week we already have already been given £12,200 which has been gift aided, which brings the total to £14,640. Our aim is to sell an organ stop at £150 each, so that you can purchase the stop that suits you! A 2ft flute or a big booming 8ft Trumpet. Watch this space for further details. Thank you for all your generosity to our Church and the growing of the Kingdom of God in this place.
Rector on holiday. Fr Paul will be taking some annual leave from August 15th until August 28th. During this time Fr Michael Morris will be covering our Sunday Mass and Wednesday evening Mass at 6:00pm. If you require a priest in an emergency, then please contact the Churchwardens in the first instance. Clive Baker on 862707 or Mary Somers-James on 584044 and they will contact a priest.
Giving Envelopes Over the years, many of you have used the yellow Giving envelopes to make your offering. These are expensive, and really only need to be used if you are Gift Aiding your offering. You can simply just place your offering in the plate, and the Church can claim tax back on all loose collections up to a certain amount without the need for a signature. Alternatively, if you still prefer to make your offering private, then please ask Sherri Baker for a set of white envelopes.
As from September 1st Tuesday Mass at 9:30am. Wednesday Mass at 6:00pm. Friday Mass at 12 Noon.
We are preparing a new readers rota, so if you would like to be a regular Reader at Mass please speak with Colleen Kite our new PCC Secretary who is compiling the new list. Email Coleen on [email protected] – On Sunday 16th August we will be observing the Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven. Special Readings will be used at Mass for the feast. Revelation 11:19-12:6, 10. Psalm 45: 11-18. Galatians. Luke 1: 46-55. See page 1122 on Lectern Lectionary under August 15th. August 23rd will be the Readings set for Trinity 11 Year A
If you can, please try to be with us in Church on Sunday August 30th. At our 9:30am Parish Mass on this day we shall recall the Laying of the Foundation Stone of our Parish Church on the 29th August 1844 by J.A. Warre Esq. on the site of the ground presented by Madelle D’Este. This is a wonderful opportunity to rejoice and give thanks for 175 years of our Church and its Christian witness to this community. If the sunny weather continues, we shall end the Mass outside on the grass, with some special music and Blessing.
Ride and Stride – 12th September 2020. We are looking for volunteers to open our Church on this Saturday from 10:00am until 5:00pm or to take your bicycle and ride the Churches of Thanet and beyond to raise urgently needed money to save our historic Kent Churches, including our own building. See Fr Paul or Wardens. Please be aware that no cover is needed from 1:30pm until 2-45pm as we have a Marriage Service taking place in Church.
We are extremely fortunate at Holy Trinity to have a fine 3 manual pipe organ in good condition. Some years ago, the people of Holy Trinity had the wisdom and foresight to make provision for a rebuild of this fine instrument which has been a great asset to the church ever since. Since the rebuild, the organ has continued to serve us well and attracts musicians from all over Kent and beyond, both to hear and play the instrument, as well as using the organ as part of instrumental groups. We are the only church in Ramsgate to have an organ of this size and quality that is in good repair. One visiting organist from a church in North Thanet played our organ for 30 seconds and immediately said “I want one!”
As we move forward into the new decade, our magnificent pipe organ will play an exciting part in regular Sunday worship, special services, concerts, special events, and new education programmes to enable both adults and our young people to understand and play this wonderful instrument. Churches throughout the world have found that having a quality pipe organ encourages vibrant music-making in the church, encouraging healthy congregations as well as enthusiastic interest from outside.
Like all complex devices, our organ needs timely maintenance and several items now need attention. In particular, the drawstops are due for renewal as they possibly date from 1963 or earlier and are beginning to fail. In organ building terms the amount of work and expenditure is relatively modest and will preserve this fine organ for future generations. Attending to the work now, will also help us avoid a significantly larger cost in the future. Total cost is £19,000 + VAT which we can reclaim.
If you would like to contribute to this special project – either anonymously or perhaps in memory of a loved one, you can speak to Steve, Father Paul or the Churchwardens. Or donate direct to our Bank, marking your donation as ORGAN: Nat West Bank: Sort code 60-17-17 Account: 82912408. Thank you! We have 10% of the total cost gifted all ready!
Steve Ansell. Director of Music